So we’ve survived another day of Charleston Fashion Week, and while mentally reviewing the evening in all its glory, what came up was Pride. Why that particular Cardinal Vice? It was pride for the locals.
Local Designers JLINSNIDER and Michael Wiernicki came to the CFW runway with their A game last night, and you could feel the love for them both. Emerging Designers Bob and Kris Galmarini, also of the home team, were the People’s Choice winner and I’m super proud to say that we’ve featured all these bad a** designers in the pages of Art Mag in the last year. (I may or may not have had a distinct ‘proud mama’ kind of moment as they came on stage last night!)
SHOUT OUT to the folks making this all happen, on stage and behind the scenes: Ayoka Lucas, Shari Knight, Joe Quinn, Misty Lister, Vail Duggan, all the volunteers, models, makeup and hair stylists, EVERYONE. Bless you all.
King Sing opened up the evening with a sweet song and dance (moves provided by Visualive‘s own Josef Myers!!) backed up with the instrument of love, the saxophone, and a pretty girl strutting down the catwalk. Josef was easily my favorite part, just between us.
Retailer Runway Shows
Jamie Lin Snider is a Charleston Fashion Week success story. She’s been an Emerging Designer, a Featured Designer and now with her own shop at 539 King Street, she’s back as a retailer. Her designs have evolved into a more wearable, yet still stunning presentation.
Kudos to the team behind the video that welcomed everyone back to the tents, featuring perennial CFW model and local thespian Peter Galle…a super seductive scene involving a phone booth and a cigarette and some really red lips.
Bob and Kris Galmarini got the first standing ovation for their adorable kids line Neve + Hawk. Seriously, I have never seen people go so crazy. I thought the Beatles or Elvis Presley entered the room… (can you guess who was People’s Choice??)
Jessica Krupa makes sexy swimwear with an ode to vamp…as in vampire…you know, True Blood, Twilight, people go batty for the winged seducers of the night, and she’s capitalizing on it. Smart woman. Good suits. Very ‘I’m classy and I know it,’ more composed than cutesy as some want to go.
Angela Sum sent elegant, structured, detailed dresses, tops and bottoms down the runway. The White Witch of Narnia gets an upgrade–she would totally kidnap this lovely, diminutive lady and make her design clothes for all of Narnia. (SPOILER ALERT: Angela Sum was the winner! well deserved)
Ra Jang had some interesting looks, I particularly liked the layered tulle skirt in the second look down the runway, but hated the skirt that went over it. The ladies looked slightly stymied by their Geisha-like shoes. One lass was swathed in a gold lame skirt and some sort of animal choking the model. It was great.
Nina Awasum, a Cameroon native, had a limited palette of navy, white/cream with pops of peach, lots of pants, tribal prints, smooth, sleek fabrics that served as a base for knitwear with depth.
Trends I’m noticing:
Giant, Frankenstein-like platform heels. I’m just waiting for a model to go flying. Already seen several gals stumble, due to too-large shoes.
Long in the back and show it all up front. Dresses and skirts with a mini-length in front and dramatic train in back are showing up everywhere from runway to local boutiques like House of Sage.
Michael Wiernicki made a dramatic entrance with a slow, methodical beat and model in a burqa…could easily have been the opening scene to a really great doomsday film. The new line stays true to Wiernicki’s aesthetic and his vision, and his construction has improved greatly. High fabric quality, lots of tribal prints and images, snakes, lizards, sarcophagi, ankhs, sphinx…a restrained palette and a challenging collection. I say challenging because most of the audience needed more time to absorb it. However, Wiernicki fans were all abuzz on Twitter, and your truly among them. AMAZING.
Score 3 points for the home team. Kudos to JLINSNIDER, Bob and Kris Galmarini and Michael Wiernicki. You’ve done us proud.
words: Stacy Huggins